Desert Wives

Desert Wives

A Lena Jones Mystery

Book - 2003
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When Esther Corbett, the mother of polygamist Solomon Royal's latest intended bride, is accused of killing Royal, Lena Jones attempts to infiltrate a polygamist compound on the Utah-Arizona border to find the real killer.

Poisoned Pen Press

Now in its second edition, Betty Webb's Desert Wives is a startling, real look into the polygamous communities of Northern Arizona. When private detective Lena Jones helps thirteen-year-old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area straddling the Utah/Arizona border, she uncovers more than she bargained for. Rebecca's mother has now been arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca's intended husband. So Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. What secrets are the Circle of Elders so desperate to protect?

Lena thinks she's put her own past behind her, but the sins of Purity's mothers and fathers force her to reexamine the scant memories of her early childhood. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet in her head. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name or the names of her parents. Are Lena's past and this new case somehow connected?



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Polygamy can be murder!


That's what private detective Lena Jones learns when she helps thirteen year old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area near straddling Utah/Arizona border.


When Rebecca's mother is arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca's intended husband, Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. In doing so, Lena finds out more than she bargained for--the shocking secret the cult's Circle of Elders will kill to keep.


During her investigations, Lena also discovers more about her own past. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet robbing her of her memories. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name nor the names of her parents. She thinks she has put the past behind her, but the sins of Purity's polygamous mothers and fathers force her to reexamine the few memories she has of her own motherthe woman who shot her...



Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
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ISBN: 9781590580301
1590580303
Branch Call Number: F WEB
Characteristics: 300 p. : map ; 23 cm

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BobScott36
Feb 02, 2014

A well written novel with plenty of suspense and intrigue. Really offers a good insight into the governmental problems arising from polygamy.

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Marvic51
Aug 25, 2007

This book was remarkable. While it was an intriguing mystery, I found myself being more interested in the deep look into a polygamy cult. This is not a victimless crime and the details were disturbing. It's my understanding that this book helped change the polygamy laws in Arizona, where cults straddle its border with Utah to avoid convictions. I highly recommend this book.

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